International protest against hare coursing
The Irish Council Against Blood Sports is mounting a peaceful protest against hare coursing this Saturday, 14th January, 2006 outside the grounds of the Sevenhouses coursing club, near Danesfort, Co Kilkenny. The protest begins at 12 midday. If possible, please come along and voice your opposition to blood sport cruelty (for anti-coursing posters to print out and display at the protest, please visit our Posters page.
We are being joined on the day by the League Against Cruel Sports (UK), Fight Against Animal Cruelty in Europe (UK) and Animals 2000 (Germany). Together we will highlight the ongoing abuse that is live hare coursing and the arrival on our shores of UK coursers to take part in coursing events in the wake of the ban on coursing in that jurisdiction.
It has been announced that a contingent of hare coursers from the U.K. are competing at Sevenhouses in a new competition set up to accommodate them. We want to signal to these people that they are not welcome here to abuse our hares and also to convey to our own legislators that it's now high time to outlaw hare coursing in line with the U.K.
We have consistently made a strong case to Minister for the Environment, Dick Roche, that licences to net hares from the wild should be abolished, in the interests of stopping unnecessary cruelty and conserving our threatened wild hare population. Yesterday, Mr. Roche was quoted on national TV as stating that the dumping of rubbish was "a crime against the environment". We say to Mr. Roche today that allowing a minority group of animal abusers to snatch thousands of hares from the wild is also a crime against the environment. We call on him to make this the LAST hare coursing season. Mr. Roche is well aware that there is a humane alternative to hare coursing - mechanical lure coursing, which is now used in countries where hare coursing is banned.
Meanwhile, in a grotesque twist, the Irish Coursing Club has called on the 70 or so coursing clubs around Ireland to each supply five or more hares for the national finals in Clonmel next month. As an inducement to these clubs, they have organised a raffle with a prize fund of €2,000. ICABS has lodged a complaint with the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Photos: Coursing Cruelty
Please contact Environment Minister, Dick Roche, and demand an end to coursing in Ireland. Tell the Minister that hares should be allowed to live free from the cruelty of coursing. Please also contact your local TD and urge him/her to work for an end to coursing and all blood sports.
Minister Dick Roche
Tel: +353 (0)1-8882403
Coursing: More Information
Photo: Captive hares in coursing enclosure - 18 November 2005
Coursing fixtures list revealed - 13 October 2005
Coursers get licence for 2005-06 season - 14 September 2005
Is Ireland in breach of EU Habitats Directive? - 07 July 2005
Hares and Rabbits Fact Sheet - 24 June 2005
Animal Voice - June 2005
The Impact of Enclosed Hare Coursing on Irish hares - 28 April 2005
Species Action Plan - 31 March 2005
National Survey of Hares
Stress and Capture Myopathy in Hares - 28 January 2005
Coursing: Photos and Video
For photos and video clips showing the cruelty of coursing, please visit our Ban Hare Coursing website.